Does anyone have experience making rosewater perfume from the petals by extracting the oils? If it worth while? Opinions?
I believe the extraction method for "rosewater" is glycerine. Rose otto, the essential oil, is made by pressing huge amounts of petals and stamens with things like olive presses.
You can also extract essential oily compounds from plants by soaking in alcohol, drinkable or not, and vinegar. I think this also works for non-oily parts, too.
A good book on making plant botanical salves and such should give you more detailed information.